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Association congratulates new Police Commissioner

NZPA | Tue February 25th, 2014

The Police Association today congratulated Mike Bush on his appointment as Commissioner of New Zealand Police.

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Roadside checks will take more time

NZPA | Wed February 12th, 2014

More detailed roadside vehicle inspections will inevitably take more time, and result in less police time to deal with other road safety and crime matters, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Body worn cameras must be properly funded

NZPA | Wed February 12th, 2014

Any trial or introduction of body worn cameras must be accompanied by sufficient funding, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Surf rescue heroes honoured with award

NZPA | Wed October 23rd, 2013

The outstanding bravery of two Hawke’s Bay police officers, who saved the life of a boy from treacherous surf at Napier in March this year, were honoured today, as the Police Association presented New Zealand Police Association Bravery Awards to Senior Constable Bryan Farquharson and Constable Paul Bailey.

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Greg O'Connor re-elected as Association President

NZPA | Wed October 23rd, 2013

Delegates at the Police Association’s 78th annual conference have re-elected Greg O’Connor as president for a further three year term.

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Association welcomes Court of Appeal ruling in Red Devils case

NZPA | Tue October 15th, 2013

The Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn a High Court stay of prosecution against 21 Red Devils gang members and associates is the right decision, because it is in the public interest that those accused of serious offences face trial, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Tamaki Drive stabbing highlights risks facing police

NZPA | Mon October 7th, 2013

The stabbing of a police officer in Auckland today highlights the risks faced by every police officer even while carrying out routine, every day policing tasks, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Police Remembrance Day

NZPA | Thu September 26th, 2013

This week, Police staff and others have been wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect.

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Incidents show offenders are already armed

NZPA | Fri September 20th, 2013

Two more incidents in the last two days where fleeing drivers were found to be armed with handguns highlight the fact criminals are already armed, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Olympic hopeful nets Police Association Sportsperson of Year

NZPA | Fri September 20th, 2013

Olympic hopeful Constable Melissa-Mae Ruru, NZ beach volleyball champ, was awarded NZ Police Association Police Sportsperson of the Year.

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Pora case inquiry warranted

NZPA | Sat August 3rd, 2013

There is sufficient doubt about the soundness of Teina Pora’s conviction for the murder of Susan Burdett to warrant an independent inquiry into the matter...

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Auckland shooting officers deserve full support

NZPA | Mon July 8th, 2013

New Zealanders should join the Police Association in giving their full support to the individual police officers who were forced to take action against an armed criminal who fired on them...

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Operation Eight IPCA report

NZPA | Wed May 22nd, 2013

The release of the Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report into Operation Eight confirms that the operation was justified, but that mistakes were made in the termination, Police Association Vice-President Luke Shadbolt said today.

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No relief for Police in 2013 Budget

NZPA | Thu May 16th, 2013

Today’s Budget confirms funding for Police remains frozen, which means Police will face continued pressure to make savings to meet rising costs for the foreseeable future, Police Association Vice-President Stuart Mills said today.

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Fleeing drivers, not police, cause crashes

NZPA | Sat May 11th, 2013

A fatal crash involving a fleeing driver overnight once again highlights that it is the fleeing driver, and not police, who are responsible for such tragedies, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Report confirms fleeing driver to blame

NZPA | Fri May 10th, 2013

The IPCA report released yesterday into the tragic deaths in Gisborne last year of passengers Peter Bunyan and Holly Gunn, and fleeing driver Dylan Kingi, clearly shows the fleeing driver alone is responsible for such deaths, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said.

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Warnings from departing police officers must not go unheeded

NZPA | Mon April 15th, 2013

Comments from departing Taranaki police officer Grant Coward that budget cuts were disheartening police, and could lead to crime increases, echo the sorts of warnings that went unheeded in the late 1990s with disastrous consequences, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Crime drop reflects excellent police work

NZPA | Tue April 2nd, 2013

Big drops in recorded crime reflect the hard work and dedication of police officers and non-constabulary support staff, even at a time when they are under pressure from restructuring, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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PITT training changes a necessary evil

NZPA | Tue March 26th, 2013

Changes to Police Integrated Tactical Training (PITT) mean more than a third of constabulary police will not be trained to use firearms or Tasers, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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IPCA Taser report shows context is key

NZPA | Thu March 14th, 2013

An Independent Police Conduct Authority Report, released today, which finds Police Taser use against a man in Christchurch in 2010 was justified, should serve as a reminder that media and the public need to be wary about jumping to conclusions before the full circumstances and context of an incident are understood, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Budget constraints underpin staff cuts, stations closures

NZPA | Thu March 14th, 2013

Cuts to budgets and non-constabulary support positions underpin station closure or hours/service reduction proposals not only in Auckland and the Hutt Valley, but around New Zealand, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Mobile technology rollout welcome

NZPA | Wed February 13th, 2013

The rollout of mobile technology will boost effectiveness of frontline police, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Alleged party assault: await outcome of inquiries

NZPA | Wed February 13th, 2013

Inquiries will establish how a 15-year old girl was injured at an out-of-control party in Howick, and speculation in the meantime is unhelpful, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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WOF changes will require more police

NZPA | Mon January 28th, 2013

The decision to reduce warrant of fitness frequency for newer vehicles is welcome, but increased police roadside enforcement will require more staff – not just more money, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Protest violence unacceptable

NZPA | Sun December 9th, 2012

The use of violence by a small minority of protesters in Auckland yesterday to attract media attention is a predictable, but completely unacceptable tactic, Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

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Star-Times sensationalism ‘headline-grabbing at its worst’

NZPA | Mon December 3rd, 2012

The Sunday Star-Times’ story Cops’ mistake may have cost P-maker’s life (2 December 2012) is an example of sensationalist headline-grabbing at its very worst.

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Throwing out charges punishes public, not Police

NZPA | Wed October 24th, 2012

The High Court’s decision to stay prosecution of 21 alleged serious organised criminals is disproportionate and unjustified, and the public will be the real losers from the decision, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Police trust survey lacks credibility

NZPA | Tue October 16th, 2012

The Police Association will not be commenting on the Horizon Research poll on trust in police, due to its apparent links to a campaign being run by a Wellington PR consultant, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Cutting staff doesn't make work go away

NZPA | Wed October 10th, 2012

Cutting another 45 non-constabulary Police jobs will just add to the mounting pressure on the organisation – pressure which ultimately risks driving Police back to the crises of the late 1990s, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Crime drop shows investment in Police works

NZPA | Mon October 1st, 2012

The fall in the crime rate to record lows shows what can be achieved through investment in Police, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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